Former CMS Chief Berwick: Hospice, Health Care Needs to Reorient Systems Around Patient Needs

Delivering quality health care requires a moral compass, according to Don Berwick, M.D., former administrator for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. This requires hospice providers to go beyond regulatory compliance when they think about quality, with equitable access as a key component, […]

LeadingAge Expands Hospice Reach with VNAA, ElevatingHome Affiliation

Senior care association LeadingAge has completed its affiliation with the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and its offshoot organization, ElevatingHOME. This move expands LeadingAge’s reach into the home health and hospice sectors. The groups announced their intent to merge in Feb 2019. In the interim the organizations have undergone a transition period in which […]

Hospice Social Workers Improve Health Care Equity, Justice

Hospice social workers can play a key role in addressing matters of social justice and health care equity when working with patients in underserved populations such as the mentally ill, the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. Lack of funding and interdisciplinary research are among the barriers of improving access to care for these groups, […]

Hospices Work to Reach Underserved LGBTQ+ Communities

The LGBTQ+ community has been among the groups historically underserved by hospice, with mistrust of the health care system at large and provider bias as leading roadblocks to quality end-of-life care. Hospice providers are increasingly working to better understand the LGBTQ+ population and improve access to care. Issues of equity, inclusion and diversity have plagued […]

End Well Sponsors Competition for Serious Illness, Senior Care Start-Ups

Trusty Care, a New York City-based firm that offers health care and financial planning solutions for seniors facing serious illness, has obtained more than $25,000 worth of free legal services through a competition organized by End Well, a nonprofit that seeks to improve the end-of-life experience in the U.S. health care system. End Well sponsored […]